Don’t let this happen to you.

I am in Colorado covering the US Alpine Ski Championships for the AP right now.

Before climbing up on the frozen course this morning I placed on my crampons.

But a few minutes into the race I heard a yell and saw a shooter flying down the mountain on his back. He wasn’t wearing crampons.

Then he was followed by his camera.

Moral of the story. Having the right gear to cover an event is more than just having the right lens and camera combos.

And yes, he was ok. He didn’t hit anything and eventually came to stop when the course leveled out a couple hundred yards below me. Probably shaken a bit.

Comments

  1. says

    Post updated. And yes, he was ok. He didn’t hit anything and eventually came to stop when the course leveled out a couple hundred yards below me. Probably shaken a bit.

  2. Garry Bryant says

    Who care’s how the photog is, is the camera gear okay? Looks like a Nikon should be okay!

  3. Jim Urquhart says

    It was a Nikon and it appeared to be hammered. It tumbled end over end for a couple hundred yards on bullet proof hard packed ice. Parts of it fell off at one point, the door to the memory cards flew open and what looked like a card went flying out. At a bear minimum the optics were hosed.

  4. says

    The guy’s got style in the glasses and gloves at least. You make an important point on considering the entire environment. Nice crampon color choice by the way. Ballin’ at usual.

  5. Some Guy says

    Apparently he was getting set up to shoot and slid on the way to his spot. Apparently he had a few bruises and some ice burn. Explains the hood being on backwards…But he is looking pretty steezy with the gloves and glasses.

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